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Update on Restrictions to downloading and software

Thanks to all those who have commented. I have since been in touch with the project managers of this initiative to gain more information as I couldn’t quite believe what they were saying! What I’ve had back to date is the following:

“You will be OK with downloading Document and Photos, but please ensure you save to My documents or a shared drive on the server. At the moment you receive notifications that new versions of the SW you mention (these were java, quicktime, adobe, etc to name a few) is available for download. This will not be possible once Admin Rights are removed. In most cases you will still be able to read or run applications that use Adobe etc. using an older versions. In a few instances this may not be possible and if this happens you should raise a call so that this can be resolved on an individual basis. The longer term approach will be to deploy updates centrally on a regular basis to ensure everyone is running the latest versions…..If you continue to upgrade common software when prompted you should be up to date when the Admin Rights are removed and not experience any immediate issues.”

So it would seem that most of the downloading is secure provided I have already got the software downloaded when the changes come into place. I’m not sure though how it is going to affect other areas which require some software to be downloaded to the computer. My immediate concerns seem to have been laid to rest but knowing how the LA operate I still don’t expect it to be an easy journey!!

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Restrictions on Downloading and Software

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Courtesy of Hansol

I’m currently mulling over a new initiative by the local authority (LA) which is apparently set to ultimately affect everyone working within local authorities. We have been recently issued with notice that we won’t be able to download anything from the internet or upload any software onto LA computers. This is due to the recent very public issues government (in most forms) has faced with losing lists, confidentiality etc. If I want to continue using the computer as I do now then I will need to make a special case and get special approval to do so.

I’ve been reflecting on how this will now affect peoples’ practice. What does this mean for me? Well I use a number of online tools which (to be used more effectively) I need to download some software, or equally if I’ve done work on line using these tools and if I want to be able to use what I’ve been working on I need to be able to download things. (Documents from Google Docs, using online bookmarks like Delicious, downloading supporting photos from Flickr, mind maps from bubblus, etc etc).

I also download various PDF files to read them and to disseminate the information to others, including young people. That’s without thinking of the additional software I need for doing some of the video editing I’ve been involved in (although I usually use my own computer for that anyway but it doesn’t negate the feeling that this directive brings) and also what about music, podcasts etc?!?!  In an era where we are trying to encourage and develop more collaborative ways of working it feels like I’m about to be chained to the past by what feels like a knee jerk (although no doubt well thought through in parts) reaction!

Part of my mulling is to challenge myself. Is this just my reaction to Change or actually do I have some valid arguements? Your thoughts would be welcome!

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